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Welcome aboard.

Welcome aboard.

Brunel's SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world. When she was launched in 1843 she was called 'the greatest experiment since the Creation'.

By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel created a ship that changed history. His vision for the SS Great Britain made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships.

Those in steerage (or in third class) travelled in difficult conditions. Passengers such as Scottish emigrant Allan Gilmour have left graphic descriptions of life on board during the long voyage to Australia.

“Our berths are pretty well ventilated, but very confined and dark” he wrote in his diary in 1852. “The distance between our berths… is 2ft broad and 6ft long, so confined that only one can dress at once.”

Life in steerage was bearable as long as passengers got on with each other. The biggest problem for most people was not the food or beds, but their fellow passengers.

Volunteer aboard the SS Great Britain, Bristol, UK, 2018.

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Photo prise @ Bristol le 9 mai 2018 (© Neil. Moralee / Flickr)

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